Mercer 2015 Asia, Middle East and Africa HR Conference - Singapore, 20-21 October, 2015

Event Agenda


08:30–09:00Registration and Refreshments

09:00–09:10Conference Welcome & Logistics

Alexander KrasavinPrincipal, Mercer

09:10–09:20Opening Speech

David AndersonPresident, Growth Markets, Mercer

09:20–10:00Economic Outlook

Richard MartinManaging Director, IMA Asia

10:00–10:40Talent Scarcity: Business-Led Solutions for Action

Ilya BonicPresident, Talent Business, Mercer

10:40–11:00Morning Break

11:00–11:45Decoding Asia Pacific – Rewards Insights into the World's Fastest Emerging Region

Puneet SwaniInformation Solutions & Rewards Practice Leader, Mercer AMEA

11:45–12:30Careers Re-imagined: Trends in Career Frameworks

Vidisha MehtaPrincipal, Talent Consulting, Mercer


13:30–13:40Lightning Talk: The Evolving and Enhanced Workplace Savings Model

Neil NaraleRetirement Market Business Leader for Asia

13:40–14:25Managing Mobility in Emerging Markets

Elizabeth KellerVP, International Mobility, APAC, Barclays

Mario FerraroRegional Leader, Global Mobility – Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

14:25–14:35Room Transition

14:35–15:25Workshop 1: HR Trends in China

Maggie LiPrincipal and Head of Talent Information Solutions, China

14:35–15:25Workshop 2: HR Trends in New Emerging Markets

Hoa NguyenDirector, Talentnet Corporation

Kulapalee TobingInformation Solutions Business Leader, Singapore, Mercer

14:35–15:25Workshop 3: Designing Engaging and Cost Effective Flexible Benefits

Cecelia DeasyPartner, Mercer Marsh Benefits, Singapore

Ofir ShalevChief Information Officer, Employee Health & Benefits, Mercer

15:25–15:45Afternoon Break

15:45–15:55Lightning Talk: The Future of Employee Benefits

Michel FaucherGrowth Markets Business Leader, Employee Health & Benefits Business, Mercer

15:55–16:40Panel Discussion: Differentiating with Workforce Analytics


Danielle BushenGlobal Metrics Leader, Mercer


Lau Yin ChengCluster Director (HR & OD), Infocomm Development Authority, Singapore

Srisha ChadagaHead of HR Systems Strategy & Innovation, Siemens

Susan ChenHR Director, Visa Worldwide Pte Ltd

*Additional panelists to be confirmed.

16:40–17:30Using a Career Architecture Program to Drive Business Performance and Employee Engagement

Shanthi NareshHead of Talent, India Business Leader, Mercer

Suresh BethavanduHead of Corporate HR, Cognizant

17:30–19:30Networking & Cocktails


09:00–09:15Welcome – Day 1 Summary & Day 2 Brief

Kim AbildgaardGlobal Leader, Talent Business, Mercer

09:15–10:00Coca Cola's HR Shared Services Journey: Challenges and Learnings

Dion GroenewegHR Transformation & Workforce Planning Leader, Growth Markets, Mercer

Gaurav SharmaHuman Resources Director, Coca-Cola Singapore

10:00–10:45Panel Discussion: Changing World of Workplace and Jobs


Kulshaan SinghRegional Client Growth Leader, Mercer


Syed Ali AbbasChief Human Resources Officer, Pacnet (Telstra)

Gaurav SharmaHuman Resources Director, Coca-Cola Singapore

Paul O'MalleyDirector, Total Rewards – APAC & MEA, Franklin Templeton Investments

Lynette NgSanofi Pasteur

*Additional panelists to be confirmed.

10:45–11:05Morning Break

11:05–11:45Connecting Human Capital Strategies with the Competitiveness of Organizational Performance

Brendan KellyHR Director, Credit Suisse, Singapore

11:45–12:30HR Insights for Companies Considering M&A and Divestitures

Dr. Ake AyawongsM&A Business Leader — AMEA, Mercer

Dhruv MehraASEAN Mergers & Acquisitions Leader, Mercer

Gaurav GulatiSenior Director – Total Rewards, Human Resources, Veritas


13:30–14:10Impact of Social Media on HR

Dr Nitin MoreHead of Learning & Development, APAC, Facebook

14:10–14:20Room Transfer

14:20–15:05Workshop 4: Africa HR Trends

Anne-Margriet SchoemanCountry Leader, Mercer South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Nicol MullinsTalent, Information and Technology Solutions Senior Consultant, Mercer

14:20–15:05Workshop 5: Sustainable Benefits – How to Take into Account Employee Values, Company Viability, Market Volatility

Harrison TanMercer

14:20–15:05Workshop 6: ASEAN Economic Community – How Does This Impact Labor Market Trends

Godelieve van DoorenASEAN Business Leader, Talent Information Solutions, Mercer

15:05–15:30Afternoon Break

15:30–16:15Workshop 7: Designing Effective Sales Incentive Plans - Balancing the Carrot and Stick

Shai GanuMarket Business Leader — Asia, Talent Consulting, Mercer

15:30–16:15Workshop 8: Are you Listening? Designing Mobility Programs Based in What the Business Really Needs

Mario FerraroRegional Leader, Global Mobility – Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

John LackeyDirector Global Mobility, Jabil

15:30–16:15Workshop 9: HR Trends in Middle East

Nuno GomesInformation Solutions Leader Middle East

16:15–16:55When Women Thrive, Businesses Thrive

Susan HabermanSenior Partner, Talent, Mercer

16:55–17:10Closing Speech

Kim AbildgaardGlobal Leader, Talent Business, Mercer

17:10Wrap Up

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